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The Disney Channel has helped launch many successful careers in music, movies and television, so if you or your children are interested in auditioning for Disney, you must be prepared, engaged and diligent. It helps to have an agent to schedule an audition for you, but there are open casting calls throughout the year that you might be eligible to attend. Some of Disney’s websites offer information and tips on auditioning for any role, including one for Disney Channel.
Sign up with a talent agency. A talent agent's job is to look out for and secure auditions for parts you're suited to play. Let your agent know you want to audition for the Disney Channel, so he or she can notify you when the company is holding auditions for a specific role on a new or existing TV show.
Keep abreast of open casting calls through the Disney Channel’s open call website. Casting representatives from Disney post open call notices with the types of performers they are looking for. The website displays any gender, age and talent prerequisites desired or required, as well as where and when an audition is being held.
Download and complete a Disney Channel open call audition application form if you are planning to attend an upcoming open call. The form asks for basic personal information and acting experience, as well as a list of your performance skills including, dancing, singing, stand-up comedy, impersonation or the ability to play any musical instruments. Also, provide your agent’s name and contact information if you have one.
Create or update your resume. According to DisneyAuditions.com, it’s a good idea to have a resume, as well as a headshot, regardless of the type of role you are auditioning for. List your contact information, acting and performance skills, languages spoken, recent performing experience and notable accomplishments. Keep your resume one page, and secure a high-quality, current headshot to the front. Or print your resume on the back of your headshot photo.
Watch audition videos on YouTube.com of others who have previously auditioned for Disney Channel. Other videos offer advice and insight into the audition process, which you may find helpful.
Read your script and practice your lines. If possible, ask your agent to obtain a copy of the full script to give you an better idea of the story line.
Prepare for an open call by practicing your improvisational skills, timing and delivery of emotion. A Disney representative may give you a one-minute monologue when you check in that you will be asked to perform for the casting director.
Arrive to the audition early. You must be on time or you risk not being seen by the casting agents. Take any potential travel delays into consideration, as well as the need to check in, complete additional paperwork and go over your script.
Follow any instructions you are provided. Once you have auditioned, find out when and how you can receive feedback of your performance, if the casting director doesn't provide you with that information.
Familiarize yourself with the Disney Channel lineup. Knowing the various Disney shows and characters will provide insight into the type of roles, actors and plots preferred and employed.
Typically, a talent agent follows up with the casting director for feedback on your performance. You may be asked to audition again. If you're offered a role, the agent will negotiate your contract.
In her book “Auditioning: An Actor-Friendly Guide,” Joanna Merlin encourages you to reduce your emotional investment in an audition and relieve yourself of any tension that may inhibit your creativity to flow. By simply viewing the audition as a valuable experience and not a means to an end, you will not come away empty-handed, regardless of the outcome.
Legitimate talent agents licensed by the state are not to accept any money other than their commission, which is 10 percent of what you earn from the roles they help you obtain. Be careful not to work with any agents who ask for money up front.
Angela De Schrijver holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and communication technology. She has written for companies within a variety of industries, including information technology, law, nonprofit, insurance and financial services.